Being a company focused on the well-being and quality of life of its people is one of our main priorities, and during times like the quarantine we are going through, we feel strong because we know that our bases are also strong.
We are built to strengthen the professional and personal development of our employees, and that is why they each know the benefits that make their work more of a great life experience.
We are facing these times with tranquility and have learned from them alongside our collaborators; That is why we invited some of them to tell us how they are dealing with home office and what is the energy that moves them to continue giving their best.
Fabio José Berón Zea, from the B2G Deputy Manager’s Office of Customer Care at Enel X, tells us “At the beginning the confinement was strange, but I now understand that this is about nature reclaiming its spaces, compensating itself with the absence of pollution to return to better indicators, achieving what we could not have done in years with commitments that nobody wanted to fulfill and that, for survival, is being achieved”.
"Hopefully the quarantine will help us clarify our true needs and end the waste of resources. It is forcing us to understand what it is like to live with what is necessary and to value the most important things: health, family and love of social life.” Says Fabio José.
For Angela Celis, labor relations expert of the People and Organization Management Office, it has been a challenge since she is a sociable person who likes to solve things by approaching people closely: “I really need to share with people, give them a hug, flatter them or just say hello by looking them in the eye.”
What if your hobbies are movies and travel? Diana Preciado, from the Customer Care B2B area of the Market Management Office, is the perfect example of this, but she enjoys this type of remote work: “I can avoid long commutes, I feel that my days are more productive as I self-manage processes. I have time to exercise and share with my husband."
Settling in the space
Diana has the privilege of doing home office in her studio apartment with a view to the hills of Bogotá; She is surrounded by plants, their colors and post-its to organize and plan activities. For his part, Fabio José works in the study room of his house; for him the most important thing is to have good light and little noise.
And Angela, who shares the space with her husband and daughter, constantly changes places to be more calm and focused. She put together a space that resembles her office with a printer, books, and notebooks; she prefers to have a visible list to add her tasks and her daughter’s, who no longer gets her off-track even when she is singing “baby shark” all day.
Working from home: More than a benefit, a solidary decision
Today many companies have adopted remote work, but uncertainty is hitting their employees. At Enel Colombia, our collaborators work calmly because they know that, along with the technological tools we provide them to carry it out, they have the financial resources to meet family needs: "Many people who have this benefit have to restrict themselves a lot" , concludes Fabio, while affirming: "We have been called by human resources to find out how we are doing and offered support regarding pension matters."
Angela also acknowledges it: "not only do I have the opportunity to do home office; my bosses understand that my daughter screams or calls me during a meeting." To this she adds the digital options to connect with her office colleagues, as well as the alternatives to continue learning from the digital world.
She remembers that, even during quarantine, she was able to enjoy her balance day: "I didn't get a call even when work was at its high points." For her, the most valuable thing is that the company benefits are being adapted to the current situation. In her case, she was able to change her vacations despite the fact that they had already been approved and registered.
In Diana's case, the most important thing is Enel’s trust on its employees, the autonomy it gives them, and the feeling of protection and care that the company generates in them: “I feel that this is a relevant way of telling us how important we are."
What does the quarantine teach us?
We will definitely remember the lessons learned for life. Diana knows it, and that is why she dedicates these words to us: “Take advantage of this space to organize your ideas, think differently and innovate; take advantage to think and live differently. Be dads, moms, brothers and children, and enjoy every moment with the people around you.”
José's message also motivates us: “Let's take things slowly and with awareness of their importance for our lives; Let's comply with the safety and health protocols, so that we can get ahead and handle this virus that we are just starting to understand and is teaching us many things."
For example, it is teaching us what our purpose really is, as Angela puts it: “Let's understand our purpose, it is clear that taking care of ourselves is part of the country's objective, but let's analyze what our personal objective is. It would be sad that after this time, we leave our house being the same person because there is always something to change about yourself”.
With these words, she invites her colleagues to evaluate how they want to see each other in a few weeks when we return to our work in the office; For her this "is like a thriller and we will always have two ways of seeing the present, although we all experience different challenges, not all of us look at things and face them the same way."
"Today we have the possibility of being at home with our family, as we always dreamed of it, now we must just do our part to fill up this new reality with blessings. Let us take this situation as an opportunity to transform how we view our work."
Today, from home, 1,700 Enel Colombia employees say: #WeAreHere